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W.L. Gore & Associates and Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2017-01-26

Described herein are insulating structures that include at least one microporous layer including a plurality of pores, a porous layer adjacent to the microporous layer, and a monolithic aerogel structure extending through the plurality of pores of the microporous layer and through at least part of the porous layer. The microporous layer filters aerogel dust from cracked or damaged aerogel within the scaffold, slowing or preventing loss of dust from the insulating structures.


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W.L. Gore & Associates and Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2017-01-26

Described herein are aerogel composites. The aerogel composites comprise at least one base layer having a top surface and a bottom surface, the base layer comprising a reinforced aerogel composition which comprises a reinforcement material and a monolithic aerogel framework, a first facing layer comprising a first facing material attached to the top surface of the base layer, and a second facing layer comprising a second facing material attached to the bottom surface of the base layer. At least a portion of the monolithic aerogel framework of the base layer extends into at least a portion of both the first facing layer and the second facing layer. The first facing material and the second facing material each consist essentially of fluoropolymer material.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2017-01-26

The present disclosure can provide an aerogel composite. The aerogel composite comprises at least one base layer having a top surface and a bottom surface, the base layer comprising a reinforced aerogel composition which comprises a reinforcement material and a monolithic aerogel framework, a first facing layer comprising a first facing material attached to the top surface of the base layer, and a second facing layer comprising a second facing material attached to the bottom surface of the base layer. At least a portion of the monolithic aerogel framework of the base layer extends into at least a portion of both the first facing layer and the second facing layer. The first facing material and the second facing material can each comprise or consist essentially of elastic fibers such as spandex, nylon, lycra, elastane, or combinations thereof.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2017-08-09

The present disclosure provides an aerogel composition which is durable and easy to handle, which has favorable performance in aqueous environments, and which also has favorable combustion and self-heating properties. Also provided is a method of preparing an aerogel composition which is durable and easy to handle, which has favorable performance in aqueous environments, and which has favorable combustion and self-heating properties. Further provided is a method of improving the hydrophobicity, the liquid water uptake, the heat of combustion, or the onset of thermal decomposition temperature of an aerogel composition.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2016-09-14

Microporous polyolefin and microporous polydicyclopentadiene (polyDCPD) based aerogels and methods for preparing and using the same are provided. The aerogels are produced by forming a polymer gel structure within a solvent from a olefin or dicyclopentadiene monomer via Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP) reactions, followed by supercritical drying to remove the solvent from the aerogel. Other aerogels are prepared by sequentially (1) mixing at least one dicyclopentadiene monomer, at least one solvent at least one catalyst and at least one inorganic and/or organic reinforcing material, (2) gelling the mixture, (3) aging, and (4) supercritical drying. Aerogels provided herein are inexpensive to prepare, possess desirable thermal, mechanical, acoustic, chemical, and physical properties and are hydrophobic. The aerogels provided herein are suitable for use in various applications, including but not limited to thermal and acoustic insulation, radiation shielding, and vibrational damping applications.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2017-01-25

The present invention provides gel sheets and aerogel sheets in a continuous fashion, wherein the gel material or the aerogel material may comprise a reinforcement material such as a continuous sheet of fibrous material. The sheet of gel material may be cast on a molding surface, wherein the sheet of gel material may be longer than the molding surface on which the sheet of gel material was cast. The sheet of aerogel material may be formed by drying the continuous sheet of gel material which was cast on the molding surface. The invention further comprises a roll comprising the continuous sheet of gel or aerogel material in a plurality of layers, wherein the roll may comprise a separator layer. Such gel sheets can be used in manufacturing aerogel blankets used in a variety of applications including thermal and acoustic insulation.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2016-11-02

Disclosed and claimed herein are hybrid silica aerogels containing non-polymeric, functional organic materials covalently bonded at one or both ends to the silica network of the aerogels through a CSi bond between a carbon atom of the organic material and a silicon atom of the aerogel network. Methods of their preparation are also disclosed.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2016-12-02

The present invention describes various methods for manufacturing gel composite sheets using segmented fiber or foam reinforcements and gel precursors. Additionally, rigid panels manufactured from the resulting gel composites are also described. The gel composites are relatively flexible enough to be wound and when unwound, can be stretched flat and made into rigid panels using adhesives.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2016-02-05

Disclosed and claimed herein are hybrid aerogels which are compositions of tetraalkoxysilanes and bis-(trialkoxysilyl) imides that exhibit low thermal conductivities and high compressive strengths. Methods for their preparation are also provided.


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Aspen Aerogels, Inc. | Date: 2016-09-12

Embodiments of the present invention describe a method for continuous manufacture of a gel material comprising the steps of: forming a gel sheet by dispensing a gel precursor mixture onto a moving element; allowing gelation to occur to the gel precursor mixture; and cooling the formed gel with a cooling system, thereby reducing the rate of solvent evaporation therefrom.

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